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Job #: R-00081929
Location: Remote, United States
Category: Proj and Prog Management
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 50%
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Leidos has an opening for a Peninsula Field Supervisor position. The Peninsula Field Supervisor will join an exciting team as part of the Field Area within the Antarctic Support Contract. The Peninsula Field Supervisor is responsible for managing and planning the United States Antarctic Program’s (USAP) vessel based field and sea ice work.

As a leader in the Field Area, the position reports to the Leidos ASC Field Area Manager and advises NSF leadership on all matters related to Peninsula field and sea ice work. This position works cooperatively and collaboratively with other ASC departments, the USAP agent in Chile, key NSF administration, vessel contractors, and science grantees to ensure the effective execution of requirements. The Peninsula Field Supervisor champions innovative change and continuous improvement initiatives within the USAP Field Area.

About the Antarctic Support Contract:

Leidos Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) is the prime contractor to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP).  Leidos supports the NSF’s Office of Polar Program’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics by aligning with their Mission and Vision Statements:

  • Vision:  Expanding our scientific reach in Antarctica through increased operational and logistical effectiveness.

  • Mission:  To provide the operational and logistical platform necessary for the U.S. to conduct world-class science in Antarctica and maintain its active and influential presence on the continent.

Leidos ASC operates and maintains over 430 buildings & structures encompassing approximately 900,000 GSF of space year-round, across three geographically remote research stations; McMurdo Station, Palmer Station, and South Pole Station and several deep field sites across Antarctica. Each station or field site supports world class research and the facilities are a critical part of this mission and supports over 1300 people living, working and performing research across Antarctica.

Due to contract requirements, U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Permanent Residency is required.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Manages the ASC Peninsula Field Operations, working off of vessels, on small boats, remote islands and sea ice.

  • Trains grantees and other USAP participants in the use of life-safety survival gear, field equipment, and safe field operations. This includes, but is not limited to, operating camp stoves, erecting and maintaining tents to withstand strong winds, generator use and power systems, and offering instruction on the proper use of a large variety of other field equipment.

  • Provides detailed instruction, in person and remotely, on cold weather survival techniques, proper clothing layering for maritime environment, risk management, radio communications, waste removal, weather, safe sea ice travel, and cold weather injuries.

  • Repairs, maintains, and issues all field equipment. Operates industrial sewing machine to repair stock, modify and fabricate items for NSF sponsored groups as required.

  • Develops and manages annual operational budgets and schedules. Keeps accurate inventory records. Purchases stock inventory and new equipment.

  • Performs remote field support duties to NSF sponsored events as required. When deployed into the field, takes on a leadership role to support science activities. Manages all aspects of camp and oversees field safety of the group.

  • Ensures development of safe Antarctic field deployment plans. Directly communicates with science teams and implementers and utilizes site specific assessments, satellite image research and risk assessments. Implements the on-ice Field Plans and Risk Assessment process in conjunction with Field Risk Manager.

  • Coordinates with Marine and FS&T staff as necessary regarding sea ice activities, protocols, and SOPs.

  • Responsible for the Peninsula Field Manual and the content and procedures contained within.

  • Reviews scientific research requirements and assists with planning and scheduling support. 

  • Provides science proposal review, Operational Notice, and Research Support Plan (RSP) feedback and input as required. Reviews scientific research requirements and assists with planning and scheduling support. 

  • Participates in science SIP reviews and planning meetings.

  • Responsible for collating Field Area input and serving as a technical advisor for ECW Clothing.

  • Serves as Implementer for Peninsula Field projects and projects deploying to non-standard locations (Argentina, Australia, on foreign vessels, etc.). 

  • Works with grantees to develop Support Information Package (SIP), and writes RSPs and vessel Expedition Plans.

  • Coordinates of grantee support with ASC planners, project managers, work centers, and the Peninsula area management.

  • Facilitates requested changes between science teams, ASC, and NSF and ensures event scope is in line with NSF authorization.

  • Coordinates with S&TPS planners if current season changes will affect out-year activities.

  • Provides timely identification of science support issues within ASC and NSF in order to facilitate resolution before issues become an impediment to project success.

  • Works with S&TPS planners and Area Managers to ensure integrated out year annual support.

  • Works closely and collaborates with Palmer Station and Vessel personnel.

  • Hires and manages contract personnel, as required.


  • BA/BS degree in relevant field is required.  Equivalent Experience accepted in lieu of a degree.

Certifications/Licensing Requirements:

  • Valid Drivers license required.

  • Current Wilderness First Responder required.

  • Incident Command System (ICS) 100 and 200 certifications required (training offered on-line through FEMA).

Other Requirements: (6 Years Total)

  • Must have two years of experience in any combination of the following: resource planning, equipment maintenance, risk management, construction, fuel operations, mechanical repair, small boat operations and/or logistics.

  • Two years of experience as remote, expeditionary style field camp manager/supervisor in Polar regions is required.

  • Two years of experience in any combination of the following required; expedition outfitting in polar climates or high altitude winter settings, National Park service positions, outdoor education, experience working with helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, and/or guiding services.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, with limited oversight, is required.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software suite and working knowledge of basic computer applications is required (ex. cargo tracking software). 

  • Must demonstrate excellent customer service background .

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills are required.

  • Excellent written and oral skills are required.

  • A proven ability to work in remote, harsh environment, and as a leader and team player, is required.

  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills along with the ability to work well under pressure.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Direct field camp experience working in McMurdo’s Berg Field Center, Field Training, or in Continental, Antarctic field camps is highly desirable.

  • A background in maintenance of outdoor equipment is preferred.

  • Glacial travel, basic mountaineering, and sea ice experience is preferred.

  • Competency is Spanish language is preferred for work in Chile.

  • Technical writing experience is preferred.

  • PMP is preferred.

  • ICS 200 certified.

  • Experience in field based science or science support.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $74,750.00 - $115,000.00 - $155,250.00

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About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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